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In Our Judgment

The official Frantz, McConnell, and Seymour, LLP blog.

Providing insight on laws that regulate the manufacture, trade, possession, transfer, record keeping, and transport of firearms, ammunition, and firearms accessories.

Guns in Tennessee Schools

Guns in Tennessee Schools

Tennessee has broad statutes controlling weapons on school property, not just firearms.  It is important to know just what is in the statutes.  The statutes are very specific.  This is only a summary of some Tennessee statutes.

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If I Can’t Buy a Gun, Can I Legally Possess One?

If I Can’t Buy a Gun, Can I Legally Possess One?

From time to time, the question comes up, can a person who cannot pass a background check to purchase a firearm, legally possess the firearms he already owns?  The answer lies in the federal legislation that regulates firearm purchases and possession, chiefly 18 U.S. Code § 922, part of the Gun Control Act of 1968.  (Yes, it’s almost 50 years old).

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Recent Changes to Laws on Firearm Possession and Local Governments

Recent Changes to Laws on Firearm Possession and Local Governments

New legislation affects local governments wanting to prohibit handgun permit holders from possessing handguns on property owned or controlled by local governments.  Public Chapter 0467 is the result of House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445.   Note that it does not apply to property owned by the state.

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Potential Legal Traps for Executors Distributing Firearms from an Estate

Potential Legal Traps for Executors Distributing Firearms from an Estate

In Tennessee, like most states, estates frequently include the decedent’s firearms. There are legal concerns for the executor1  concerning distributing the firearms to beneficiaries or heirs of an estate.  These can involve a beneficiary who is disqualified from possessing a firearm, or too young to take possession.  There may even be concerns about the legality of the firearm itself, see What Do You Do with Grandpa's Machine Gun.  

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Recent Changes in National Firearms Act Regulations

Recent Changes in National Firearms Act Regulations

The federal National Firearms Act (NFA) regulates such items as machine guns, short-barrel rifles and shotguns and suppressors.  New regulations, effective July 13, 2016 affect so-called gun trusts and possession of items by the executor of the estate of the owner.

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